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Laura R. Bronstein

Director; Dean

Institute for Justice and Well-Being; CCPA Dean's Office


Laura Bronstein is a founding member of the Binghamton University Department of Social Work and currently serves as dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs and as director of the Institute for Justice & Well-Being. Laura's research revolves around interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration as well as community schools. Prior to entering academia, Laura worked as a practicing social worker in family preservation, in a school for children with developmental disabilities, in hospice and in a psychiatric hospital. She created the widely-used and internationally recognized Index of Interdisciplinary Collaboration and published A Model for Interdisciplinary Collaboration, which has been cited as one of the top ten most influential social work articles of the last decade. She is currently leading Binghamton University Community Schools, creating the nation's first county-wide system of university-assisted community schools. Laura has a 2016 co-authored book, School-linked Services (Columbia University Press) and a 2018 co-edited book, A Guide for Interprofessional Collaboration (Council on Social Work Education Press). Laura has received far-reaching recognition for her work including the John A. Hartford Foundation Outstanding Dean in Aging award and Binghamton University's first Lois B. DeFleur Faculty Prize for "innovative work that crosses boundaries". Most recently she received the Esther W. Couper Memorial Award for "outstanding service and dedication to the children and families of our community."


  • PhD, Barry University
  • MSW, University at Albany
  • BA, Union College

Research Interests

  • Interprofessional and interagency collaboration
  • School-community partnerships
  • Aging


  • Lois B. DeFleur Award for Academic Achievement at Binghamton University 2012

Research Profile